CLARIFICATION OF “INNOVATION” REVIEW CRITERIA FOR PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS 
PAR-03-042 AND PAR-03-043

RELEASE DATE:  July 6, 2004

NOTICE:  NOT-DE-04-006

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)
 (http://www.nidcr.nih.gov)

The NIDCR is revising the definition for “innovation” used as one of 
the review criteria in the NIDCR CLINICAL TRIAL PLANNING GRANT 
(PAR-03-042) to the following:  In general, planning grants leading 
to a Phase III clinical trial are not expected to be innovative.  For 
clinical trial planning grants, innovation will be evaluated on the basis 
of whether the Phase III clinical trial tests new paradigms of public 
health policy or standards of clinical practice.

The NIDCR is revising the definition for “innovation” used as one of 
the review criteria in the NIDCR CLINICAL PILOT DATA GRANT (PAR-03-043) 
to the following:  In general, pilot data grants leading to a Phase III 
clinical trial are not expected to be innovative.  For pilot data 
grants, innovation will be evaluated on the basis of whether the pilot 
data grant tests new paradigms of public health policy or standards of 
clinical practice.

INQUIRIES

We encourage inquiries concerning this Notice and the two Program 
Announcements and welcome the opportunity to answer questions from 
potential applicants.  Please direct inquiries to:

Dr. Bruce L. Pihlstrom, Acting Director
Division of Clinical Research and Health Promotion
NIDCR
National Institutes of Health
45 Center Drive, MSC 6401, Room 4AS43H
Bethesda, MD 20892-6401
Telephone:  (301) 594-4830
Fax:  (301) 480-8322
e-mail:  bruce.Pihlstrom@nih.gov

Or

Dr. Richard L. Mowery, Chief
Clinical Research Branch
Division of Clinical Research and Health Promotion
NIDCR
National Institutes of Health
45 Center Drive, MSC 6401, Room 4AS43F
Bethesda, MD 20892-6401
Telephone:  (301) 594-4841
Fax:  (301) 480-8322
e-mail:  rm33a@nih.gov


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